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The Integration of Socio-Economic Indicators in the CASBEE-UD Evaluation System: A Case Study

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GRIDD-ÉTS École de Technologie Supérieure, 1100 Notre Dame W, Montréal, QC H3C 1K3, Canada
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STEPPE-ÉTS École de Technologie Supérieure, 1100 Notre Dame W, Montréal, QC H3C 1K3, Canada
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Urban Sci. 2018, 2(1), 28; https://doi.org/10.3390/urbansci2010028
Received: 28 December 2017 / Revised: 2 March 2018 / Accepted: 16 March 2018 / Published: 19 March 2018
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Abstract

The use of tools to measure the degree of sustainability of cities is the approach that receives the most attention in developed countries. However, studies of evaluation tools at the neighborhood level reveal that there are many weaknesses in the most widely-used evaluation systems (LEED-ND, BREEAM Communities, CASBEE-UD). There are ambiguities and gaps in weighting and in scoring and in most cases, there is no mechanism for local adaptability and participation. The purpose of this study is to provide an overview of the current situation by highlighting the strengths and weaknesses of these evaluation tools in order to integrate social and economic aspects for the improvement of the CASBEE-UD (neighborhood level) evaluation tool. The selection of socio-economic aspects was made through the use of a multi criteria Analysis Hierarchical Process (AHP) and a Geographic Integration System (GIS). The results of this case study indicate that most evaluation tools need to be revised because most do not include socio-economic aspects. We have demonstrated that applying the CASBEE-UD assessment tool integrated with socio-economic aspects to four boroughs in the City of Montreal can measure success by addressing the objectives of sustainable development. View Full-Text
Keywords: neighborhood sustainability assessment; sustainability coverage; applicability neighborhood sustainability assessment; sustainability coverage; applicability
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Cappai, F.; Forgues, D.; Glaus, M. The Integration of Socio-Economic Indicators in the CASBEE-UD Evaluation System: A Case Study. Urban Sci. 2018, 2, 28.

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